WORLD IN BRIEF: Tripoli sites bombed, rebels claim gains

Tripoli sites bombed, rebels claim gains

TRIPOLI, Libya -- In a one-two punch against Moammar Gadhafi's forces, NATO warplanes struck a command center in the capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday after pounding regime targets around the besieged port of Misrata. Rebels hoped the stepped-up attacks could help extend some of their biggest advances to date, including a major outward push from Misrata.

The opposition also said it made gains along a long-deadlocked front near the eastern town of Ajdabiya.

Gadhafi, Libya's autocratic ruler since 1969, has not been seen in public since one of his sons was killed in a NATO airstrike April 30. A NATO official, Italian Brig. Gen. Claudio Gabellini, said the alliance had no evidence to indicate whether Gadhafi was alive or dead.

Tunisia finds 58 bodies on its beaches

PARIS -- Tunisia's government says that 58 bodies were discovered in April on the country's Mediterranean beaches, likely migrants headed to Europe in small boats that sank.

The official TAP news agency quoted an Interior Ministry statement Tuesday as saying the bodies, mostly males, were found by the coast guard on beaches of central and southern Tunisia -- the closest points to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

More than 20,000 Tunisian migrants have fled home amid unrest since Tunisia's autocratic leader was ousted Jan. 14.

A separate Interior Ministry statement Tuesday said 826 criminals and delinquents have been arrested in a six-day sweep of the country by security forces, some accused of pillaging, setting fires or throwing stones at police.

Iraq blasts target police, officials

BAGHDAD -- A roadside bomb targeting a security patrol Tuesday night killed a policeman and wounded another officer and a passer-by in Saddam Hussein's hometown, officials said, in the latest strike against Iraqi forces as U.S. troops prepare to leave.

Ambulances raced to the scene after the blast hit central Tikrit, about 80 miles north of Baghdad. The city has suffered some of Iraq's bloodiest attacks this year, including a March hostage siege on a government compound that killed 57 and a January suicide bombing that left 65 police recruits dead.